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Reid confident of F3 result at Sugo

 

New Zealand racing driver Jonny Reid is looking for another good result at the seventh round of this year's All-Japan Formula 3 Championship at Sugo this weekend after two confidence-boosting top six finishes at the sixth round at the Autopolis circuit at the beginning of the month.


New Zealand racing driver Jonny Reid is looking for another good result at the seventh round of this year's All-Japan Formula 3 Championship at Sugo this weekend after two confidence-boosting top six finishes at the sixth round at the Autopolis circuit at the beginning of the month.

Former New Zealand Kart champion and New Zealand Grand Prix winner Reid finished fifth in both races at Autopolis - not quite where he really wants to be but a step forward after his struggles with car set-up issues at earlier rounds of the All-Japan Championship.

Another good result this weekend will also set the 23-year-old Aucklander up for his next challenge - a two-day test with New Zealand's A1GP team in the UK next week.

Of the past six weeks Reid says;

"We have definitely made some progress with the problems we have been having with the car and that gave me the added confidence to push really hard in qualifying at Autopolis (where he set the seventh fastest lap time in the first session and the fifth fastest time in the second). Our race pace dropped off because of the (oversteer) problem but I still managed to hang on and drive a couple of good safe races and take home some reasonable points."

Reid, a race winner in his debut year in the All-Japan championship last year, is still 'utterly, 100%' focused on repeating that performance this year though he says that just as he is getting to grips with and improving his car, so are the other top drivers.

"I think everyone is getting stronger and it is certainly a very, very competitive championship this year. In saying that, the guy who is leading, Adrian Sutil, is with a team, TOM'S, which has a lot of experience with the chassis it is using so he was able to build a points lead in the early races. I wouldn't be surprised now that we will get to see several different winners in the remaining races as everyone else catches up."

After this weekend's races in Japan Reid boards a plane to London on Monday morning. From there he will travel to Silverstone in the English Midlands where he will spend Wednesday and Thursday with New Zealand's A1GP team at the first official A1GP test of the 06/07 season.

With fellow Aucklander Matt Halliday, Reid is one of the New Zealand A1GP team's two drivers.

Reid says he thoroughly enjoyed his races in 'Black Beauty' last year and he is already looking forward to slipping back behind the wheel of the car next week.

"A Formula 3 car is good, " he says," but the A1 car has more power and more aero and when you are a racing driver you're always looking for more of both!"

After the test Reid will return to Japan to prepare for the eighth round of the 2006 All-Japan Formula 3 Championship at Fuji over the September 16/17 weekend.

Last year he was forced to cut short his All-Japan campaign with the INGING team because of date clashes with A1GP rounds. However this year he is able to attend both series, with the first and second rounds of the A1GP series (in The Netherlands and Czech Republic respectively) sandwiched between the penultimate and final rounds of the All-Japan championship.

Calendar
Rnds 1 & 2: April 1 & 2 Fuji Speedway
Rnds 3 & 4: April 15/16 Suzuka Circuit
Rnds 5 & 6: May 27/28 Twin Ring Motegi
Rnds 7 & 8: June 17/18 Okayama International Circuit
Rnds 9 & 10: July 08/09 Suzuka Circuit
Rnds 11 & 12: August 05/06 Autopolis
Rnds 13 & 14: August 26/27 Sports Land Sugo
Rnds 15 & 16: September 16/17 Fuji Speedway
Rnds 17 & 18: October 17/18 Twin Ring Motegi

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